Wine Trip & Nature Walks
Travel Type: Self-drive Itinerary
Transportation: rental car
Period: year round on request
Duration: 4 nights/5 days
Five days in an unspoiled corner of Sicily
Stay in a refined vineyard estate
Taste top rated Sicilian wines
Explore the countryside on nature paths
Bike the countryside on an old converted railway line
Visit the Temples of the biggest archeological park in Europe, Selinunte
Walk the old town of Mazara del Vallo and visit the ’Dancing Satyr’
About the location
Menfi stands on the Porto Palo foothills jutting out into the Sicilian sea opposite Africa and overlooking Porto Palo, a fishing village and quaint summer resort that once served as a harbor for the Greek colony of Selinunte. The long, sparsely populated coastline has 8 km of beaches with characteristic dunes and wild lilies in the sand. It's an unspoiled place, surrounded by vineyards and washed by the clean water of the sea: Menfi has held the European Blue Flag for 16 years and has gained a reputation as a pristine bathing resort and its beautiful natural landscape.
About the Estate
This hilltop working estate first appears to be a typical rural hamlet surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Your hosts are top Sicilian wine producers who are attentive to every detail. Its fourteen rooms, each with a private terrace, and accented with the scent of the olive grove make it a truly inspiring place.
About the nature paths
Three routes full of surprises among flora, fauna, old wells, springs and historic vines.
The main route, offers a surprising biodiversity and begins from the old houses in the middle of the Nero d'Avola vineyard. The whole path is accented with many points of interest from the perennial plants indicated with small labels to old wells dating back to 1689.
Travelers often spent the night at the Ulmo baglio or the little Arab fortress of Mazzallakkar, of which the ruins are still visible on the edge of the lake. As the gates of the fortress and the baglio were closed at a certain time, late arriving travelers climbed the footpath up the mountain and took shelter in a recess of the rock near the spring called La Segreta. La Segreta restored travelers and their horses with its pure water. Another path also begins at the same place as La Segreta, but then diverts to a path that runs through the middle of the vines.
About the wineries
The original winery of the family stands on the banks of the Arancio Lake, near the town of Sambuca di Sicilia. Inside, at ground level, are the fermentation vats, while below are the barrels for maturing the best selections of Chardonnay and Fiano. Its overall capacity is about 1,200 barrels. The winery is devoted to the production and maturation of the white wines Alastro, Cometa and Chardonnay.